natural family wedding photo

Crabwall Manor wedding.

Crabwall Manor dates back from the 11th century and can be found not too far from the historic city of Chester. It’s part of the Legacy Hotels group and has had a multi million pound renovation. 

For the wedding of Rachel and Tom I got to venture out of Staffordshire and over the border to Wales. I spent the morning with Rachel and her two bridesmaids at her house. The bridal prep was very relaxed – I lost count of the number of the number of bottles of champagne that were opened! Rachel is a bit creative and had made lot’s of things for the wedding, including her bouquet, I loved how personal this made things.

After the wedding ceremony in the church that has important family ties for Tom, we all then headed to Crabwall Manor for ice-creams and drinks in the sun. Rachel had booked the same ice-cream van that had come to her whilst she was pregnant!

Evening guests were kept entertained with casino games…with some taking it more serious than others!

Persistent bride who searched wedding fairs.

I think Rachel must go down as one of the most persistent brides I have photographed. Persistent in a good way. Our first encounter was at one of my very first wedding fayres in Chester, I remember her because she had a wooly hat on and I like wooly hats! I also remember that she was expecting a baby. I met her again, a few months later at the same fayre and she was a bit closer to having her baby. I have since found out that Rachel had been round other wedding fayres trying to find me after meeting me the first time! By the time I saw her again, at the same wedding fayre, in the same place, she and Tom had booked me to be their wedding photographer and baby Albie had arrived. Persistence does pay off! I have since had the pleasure of joining Rachel, Tom and Albie for some family photos too, so I’m really glad Rachel trawled round those fayres looking for me as I’ve loved the time I’ve spent with them all. It’s been really special to see how her family has grown and to be involved in documenting that.

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